The African Leadership Network Hosts the 2015 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship

In partnership with OCP, the largest global producer of phosphate rock and phosphoric acid, and a leading global fertilizer company, the African Leadership Network (ALN) is proud to announce the 2015 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE). The award ceremony will take place at the ALN Annual Gathering in Marrakech, Morocco on the evening of 5 November 2015. Additional partners making these awards possible include Legatum, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Elma Philanthropies. Now well recognized and in its ninth year, ALN and their partners whittled down thousands of entries from across the continent to produce eleven exceptional finalists from nine countries representing six industries from East, West, North and Southern Africa. Through AAE, nearly USD $2 million has been awarded to African companies.

Congratulations to the following 2015 AAE nominees:

Transformational Business Award: Keroche Breweries, Techno Brain

Outstanding Mature Business Award: TA Telecom, Astro Mobile, mi-Fone

Outstanding Growing Business Award: Snapplify, Paga, Logiciel Limited

Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award (USD $50,000 sponsored by Elma Growth Foundation): ZAAF, Young Educators Foundation, Groupe AMH

This outstanding group of entrepreneurs was selected based on their demonstrated business excellence and social impact. The eleven finalists went through a rigorous screening process focused on their business model, financial health, integrity of business practices, and contribution to socio-economic development. They now enter the final stage in which a panel of eminent business leaders will choose the winners. The panel of judges include Uyi Akpata, Director at PwC West Africa; Osagie Imasogie, Senior Managing Partner, Phoenix IP Ventures; Ed Brakeman, Managing Director at Bain Capital LLC; Dana Reed, Strategic Consultant at Pan-African Investment Company (PIC); and Jonathan Tawiah, CEO of Ostec and 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Mature Business Award.

AAE was established to recognize business leaders who demonstrate business excellence, while serving as role models to inspire Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurs. ALN creates and strengthens relationships between these leaders to encourage intra-African trade, investment, and collaboration. Last year’s AAE winners include Choppies (Botswana), Banapads (Uganda), and Ostec (Ghana). After receiving their awards, many AAE winners commit themselves to ALN’s mantra of “Powering Africa’s Prosperity” by mentoring early stage entrepreneurs through ALN’s startup accelerator, ALN Ventures.

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